Brevard NC = Perfect ‘Me Camp’ summer vacation spot

Brevard in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina proved to be an ideal spot for my (Jen Hatmaker-inspired but on smaller scale) Me Camp 2022 while my kids were at sleepaway summer camp nearby.

Staying at this cozy airbnb in Brevard’s Lumberyard Arts District meant being in close proximity to Brevard’s (mostly paved, mostly flat) bike path which my 85-year-old mom and I rode all the way to Davidson River in Pisgah National Forest and back. It was also close to hiking in Bracken Preserve as well as yummy breakfast spots Morning Social and Sunrise Cafe.

One of the best parts of the visit was going with my mom to see Steep Canyon Rangers perform at the Brevard Music Center outdoor Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium with the 2022 Brevard Music Center Summer Institute orchestra. The Brevard Music Summer Institute includes high school and college students. The concert was part of Brevard’s 2022 Summer Music Festival.

Not surprising for this music-centric town, Brevard’s impressive Transylvania County Library also has a lovely outdoor amphitheater for performances, where the plan was to see a free performance of Charlotte-based band Elonzo Wesley before rain moved the concert indoors.

Also loved hikes in nearby Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest as well as a sunny lakeside lunch with my mom, sister and niece on the deck at The Greystone Inn on Lake Toxaway.

Brevard’s 2022 Summer Music Festival continues through Aug. 20. Learn more here.

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